Joplin school music programs continue to rebuild

Despite losing nearly all the assets that makes teaching music possible, the band, orchestra and choir programs at Joplin schools are beginning to return to a sense of normalcy.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Stocks fall after Fed says it might curb stimulus

The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest daily drop since November 2011. In other news, President Barack Obama plans to nominate a former Justice Department official to lead the FBI.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Border security shouldn't stall immigration bill

Most of the border control wouldn't be necessary if lawmakers worried more about letting workers into the country legally instead of keeping them out.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fee is another name for tax

Fees are a different type of tax. Increased fees equal increased taxation.

House rejects farm bill; 62 Republicans vote no

Many Republicans objected to the cost of the nearly $80-billion-a-year food stamp program, which has doubled in the past five years. The vote was 234-195 against the bill.

Missouri jobless rate climbs despite payroll gains

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Missouri's April unemployment was 6.6 percent.

The buzz: It's officially 'Pollinator Week' in Missouri

The state department of agriculture says there are more than 400 species of bees in Missouri.

Missouri park officials close swimming beaches

A sixth beach remains closed because of flooding.

Local food festival heads to Moniteau County

Future events are planned over the next few months in Linn, Jefferson City, Boonville and Columbia.

Board approves settlement wth ousted president

The former president of Missouri Southern State University will receive $185,400, the equivalent of a year's salary.

13th annual Katy Trail Ride brings 300 cyclists through Columbia

Couples, groups of friends and families came through Columbia on Tuesday on the Katy Trail Ride. The oldest rider was 84. The youngest this year is 9.

Realtors' objections prompt City Council to review occupancy ordinances

The Columbia City Council is in the process of reviewing two city ordinances requiring disclosure of residential properties' zoning designation and occupancy limitations.

Former insurance executive, 'whistleblower' to discuss health care with consumers

Wendell Potter, who is often referred to as a "whistleblower" on the insurance industry, talks about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for consumers.

City Council members support stronger stance against gang violence

At the City Council meeting Monday, Councilwoman Laura Nauser proposed creating a joint task force and getting rid of graffiti. The suggestions were a response to the shooting downtown Saturday.

In Harrisburg barbecue joint, friends find success in unlikely place

When two friends threw away the recipe books and started their own barbecue tradition in Harrisburg, they had no idea what would happen. Their success has exceeded their dreams by a country mile.

Missouri gymnastics team adds two recruits

The Tigers have received letters of intent from recruits Anna Bowers and Mikayla Walsh.

UPDATE: Origin of wild pigs shot on Katy Trail remains unknown

The pigs might have been in captivity at one time, according to an agent from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

UM President Wolfe departs Providence Point

Each of Tim Wolfe's eight predecessors has lived at the presidential home since it was built.

Maxine Turner Haas, 88, was avid Hickman Kewpie, devoted wife

Maxine Turner Haas, 88, lived in Columbia her entire life and was proud to be a Hickman High School Kewpie.

Molina draws Westbrook's praise after Cardinals victory

Yadier Molina hit his fifth home run and Jake Westbrook pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.